Even though I have been to places of disaster (Chernobyl) and even other sites of genocide (killing fields) of Cambodia. Nothing to date has had as strong an effect emotionally to myself and all other visitors than Auschwitz.
It is impossible to leave this place without it having an effect on your conscious.
Looking from the inside out of the main (and only gate) into Auschwitz.
The fencing was not only doubled but also electrified.
Just some of the many barricks within Auschwitz.
Along with the barb wire fencing were guard towers, dogs, land mines and a concrete fence to deter any thoughts of escaping.
Auschwitz contained its own prison which seems odd in itself having a prison inside a prison. Basically if you were accused of any sort of crime you would be brought out to the centre court and executed.
The accused would be placed facing this wall and shot in the back of the head.
I took this picture as it instilled a bit of pride after hearing the story of why they named the camp warehouses after my home country Canada. Upon arrivals prisoners were immediately stripped of there personal belongings. As all these goods needed to be stored somewhere, warehouses were built.
The prisoners named these warehouses Canada 1 and 2. It was a dream of many to make it to Canada because it was considered a country of hope and prosperity. This is where they would go after the war was over and they collected their belongings once again.
Thousands of suitcases
Pots, dishes etc
Along with the execution wall they also had a bar where prisoners were hung shown in the above photo.
Just another photo showing the impossibility of escape. The space between the fencing would be manned with guards and dogs.